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Why Are Most Herbs From China? Can They Be Sourced From Other Countries?

Ancient Chinese herbalists were among the first people to experiment and record the functions of medicinal herbs that were indigenous to their environment.  Since they mostly had access to only indigenous herbs, more than 95% of classical botanical medicinal are found naturally in China.  When grown away from their natural habitat,
 
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Chinese herbs either do not grow at all or yield inferior quality herbs with reduced therapeutic efficacy.  Sourcing herbs from their indigenous habitat is actually highly important in the efficacy of botanical medicine.  Japanese and Korean herbal pharmaceuticals may replace a single herb of a compound formulation with a local variety, only if they have comparable quality and efficacy.  An example is the replacement of Chinese DangGui (Angelica sinensis) with Japanese DangGui (Angelica japonica).  However, the vast majority of their raw material are still sourced directly from China.